African-American Musical Legends | ROUTES by Ronald Bunn

Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald — born 100 years ago on April 25, 1917

100 Years ago, on April 25, 1917, (read about her here) Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. After Ella’s death, The New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that Ella had performed a cultural transaction as extraordinary as Elvis‘ contemporaneous integration … Read More

“Emmy Award” Winner Beverly Lindsay-Johnson is Preserving the Legacy of Doo Wop and Hand Dance

It is no secret: from the continent of Africa, to the Mississippi Delta and back up to the Cotton Club, pan-African people have danced and danced, throughout every era.

Broadway Production “Black and Blue” – Linda Hopkins & Ruth Brown

Videos: Broadway production “Black and Blue” singing “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do”; Ruth Brown – “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sitting on It” [Donahue 1990]; “Body And Soul” –  Ruth Brown; Interview with Linda Hopkins – North Sea … Read More

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